June 18, 2004 |
Advocate Health Care Network, Fairview Health Systems and Baptist Health Systems Inc. are among the nonprofit, tax-exempt hospitals in eight states being sued for allegedly overcharging uninsured patients. The suits seek damages on behalf of all uninsured people who were allegedly charged more than insured patients for nonprofit hospital medical care, according to 13 federal suits filed in eight states. The American Hospital Assn.
March 18, 2007 |
A measure to redirect funds from a federal program that repays hospitals for treating illegal immigrants was pulled last week from an emergency spending bill. The proposal, included in the supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war, had triggered protests from California and other border-state lawmakers, who said their hospitals struggled to cover the unpaid costs.
September 2, 2010
Flu season may be a bad time to check into a California hospital--and probably everywhere else in the country as well. In a demonstration of what many experts would call appalling medical ethics, only slightly more than half of healthcare workers in California hospitals received a flu shot last year, despite the dangers that presents for patients. The vaccination rate was less than 25% in 3.3% of the hospitals, according to data compiled by the state health department and obtained by Consumers Union through a Public Records Act request.
March 18, 2002 |
The slick brochure for the new $13-million cardiac center at Mission Hospital promises that "at Mission, you can be sure your heart is in the right place." It includes testimonials from former patients, including one woman who says she decided to undergo bypass surgery at the Mission Viejo facility "because the people there were so wonderful." As hospital marketing goes, Mission Hospital's pitch for its new cardiac center is fairly typical: heavy on feeling and light on facts.
December 18, 2006 |
New research offers this warning to consumers shopping for top-notch hospitals: Many that are highly rated by government regulators only have marginally lower patient death rates. University of Pennsylvania researchers evaluated 3,657 hospitals nationwide that are listed on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.
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December 2, 2000 |
An emerging conflict over sterilization is getting new scrutiny from American Catholic bishops and could threaten vital health care partnerships that depend on the church, some observers say. The debate coincides with a recent buying spree among Catholic-sponsored health care networks, which support the church's rejection of birth control. Often they have merged with nonreligious hospitals that routinely perform sterilizations as a form of birth control.
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March 21, 2008 |
State regulators have fined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center $25,000 in connection with a series of safety lapses in which incorrect doses of the blood-thinner heparin were given to children, including the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife. Cedars was one of 11 California hospitals assessed penalties because of license violations that caused, or were likely to cause, serious injury or death, said Kathleen Billings- ley, deputy director of the state Department of Public Health's Center for Healthcare Quality.
November 17, 1991
Re "Hospitals Caught in Cross-Fire," Nov. 4: I would like to commend you on bringing to light a little known fact that is threatening the very lives of the people who are staffing hospitals and particularly emergency rooms across this nation in urban as well as rural areas. As our society continues to follow a state of entropy, the community that is served by the health care system must rally to protect the personnel and the institutions that are there year-round, day after day helping those who are sick and injured, alleviating their pain and suffering.
October 13, 2010
Might we see iPads popping up in the hands of hospital staff? Well, it depends. Ottawa Hospital in Canada, is distributing hundreds of iPads to doctors and nurses to view X-ray and MRI images and access other medication information, according to "The electronic health record meets the iPad" posted by IT World Canada. However Dr. Satish Misra, writing earlier this year for iMedical Apps, expressed concerns about the use of iPads in hospitals: Can they be properly disinfected?
July 8, 2010 |
Last year, the good folks at Soliant Health -- a healthcare staffing firm -- took it upon themselves to rank the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country. The list was subjective, of course, but the judges clearly put some thought into their selections. Check out the Cinderella-castle quality of No. 1 pick Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore; the one-acre rooftop garden at No. 6 St. Louis Children's Hospital; the lodge motif at No. 10 Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska; and the hotel feel of No. 17, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Ore. This year, Soliant asked readers of its blog to nominate and vote for the country's most beautiful hospitals.